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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1830-1839

Links to government documents and primary sources listing retail prices for products and services, as well as wages for common occupations.

Wages in the United States, 1830-1839

GOVERNMENT and MILITARY SALARIES

Wages reported at State and Local Levels, 1830-1839

WAGES in NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1830s

Wages, 1830s - Analysis

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1830s

Prices in the United States, 1830-1839

PRICES for FOOD, 1830s

PRICES for HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, 1830s

PRICES for CLOTHING and SEWING SUPPLIES, 1830s

COST of TRANSPORTATION, 1830s

Image source: Scriber's Magazine, July 1888, p. 175

COST of REAL ESTATE, 1830s

PRICES for TOOLS and BUILDING MATERIALS, 1830s

PRICES for ANIMALS, 1830s

COST of HEALTH CARE and INSURANCE, 1830s

COST of ATTENDING COLLEGE, 1830s

See a full list of colleges as of 1837.  Contact us if you need to know the tuition for any of these schools.

PRICES for SERVICES, 1830s

  • 1830, West Virginia -- shave price "no more than a five penny bit" (source)
  • 1838, New York City -- shave price 6¼ cents (source)
  • 1839, Mississippi -- shave price 25¢ and haircut price 50¢ (source)

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1830-1839

Prices in GREAT BRITAIN, 1830s

Prices in CANADA, 1830s

Prices in FRANCE, 1830s

Prices in ITALY, 1830s

Prices in SWEDEN, 1830s

Exchange rate, 1830

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